NY1 First to Break Strike Story

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With local broadcasters sticking to Jay Leno, David Letterman and other entertainment fare late Monday night, Time Warner Cable’s New York 1 News and Cablevision Systems Corp.’s News 12 were the only game in town for New York-area residents looking for news about the pending transit strike.

The regional news channels ran live coverage early Tuesday morning about the transit strike.

Citing unnamed sources, a reporter for NY1 was the first to report, at 1:32 a.m. (EST), that the leadership of the Transport Workers Union had authorized a strike that would impact several million New York commuters. Official word of the strike didn’t come until two hours later.

NY1 also used an interactive-TV application Monday night to poll viewers about their views on the strike, prompting subscribers to hit the “A,” “B,” or “C” buttons on their remotes in response to questions posed by anchors.

Local CBS, NBC and ABC stations ran coverage about the strike Tuesday night but returned to regularly scheduled programming at 11:30 p.m.

The strike became national news Tuesday, with the all-news networks running live coverage of a press conference featuring New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg Tuesday afternoon.

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